Steve Bruce resigns as manager of Sheffield Wednesday – The Times
Monday morning brings news that Steve Bruce has resigned as manager of Sheffield Wednesday.
Paul Joyce is Northern Football Correspondent for The Times and he has been covering the story closely, with the Sheff Wed boss expected to take over at Newcastle United.
The man from The Times has been on the ball with previous updates and now he says his information is that Steve Bruce has now formally resigned.
Joyce says that Bruce and his assistants at Hillsborough, Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew have all put their resignations in writing.
Reporting on this action, Paul Joyce says that Mike Ashley has made an offer of compensation but that Sheffield Wednesday are still yet to accept this.
It has been previously reported that Newcastle are looking to pay as little as £1m to get Steve Bruce, with claims that the South Yorkshire club are demanding £5m or more to allow Bruce and his assistants to move to St James Park.
A quite incredible situation with the vast majority of Newcastle fans not wanting Steve Bruce at the club, whilst a similar majority of Sheff Wed fans were desperate for him to stay. If indeed Bruce has resigned, a lot of Owls fans will be having second thoughts.
Obviously, just like a manager can’t be sacked without consequences, neither can a manager simply walk away scot-free from a contract.
There will be compensation to be paid regardless but this looks very much like a move being made to force the issue and help get over this current impasse of arguing over compensation.
Interesting to see if the two clubs do now come to some agreement or whether it simply aggravates the situation further.
Newcastle fans no doubt incredulous that Mike Ashley was happy to force Rafa Benitez out of the club, yet is now willing to go to these lengths to get Steve Bruce, somebody who has one of the most disastrous Premier League records of any long serving manager.
Paul Joyce of The Times via Twitter:
“Steve Bruce is understood to have resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager this morning, along with assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
“All three put resignations in writing.
“Newcastle have made an offer of compensation to Sheffield Wed – but it is still to be accepted.”
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